Throughout more than twenty volumes—all of them chatty and tender, casually poetic and voraciously sexual—Sullivan workshopped his identity and his relationships, committing to the page an interior monologue of self-discovery that paralleled the gay-liberation movement, the burgeoning transgender-rights movement, and the AIDS crisis. He lobbied the hidebound medical profession to recognize the existence of gay trans men and to remove sexual orientation from the criteria of gender-identity disorder. Sullivan grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. His father, John, owned a hauling and moving company; his mother, Nancy, was a homemaker and sales clerk.
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They delivered a small dose of estrogen and a testosterone blocker and set in motion changes that Harper, who was designated male at birth and raised as a boy, had imagined since childhood. Harper's timing was deliberate—the year-old nationally ranked runner wanted one more race before disrupting her hormones because she knew she'd never run as fast again. The testosterone that courses through a man's body after puberty triggers and maintains a slew of physical changes: Men, whose levels of the hormone are usually some 10 to 15 times those of women, typically have larger muscles, denser bones, and higher fractions of lean body mass than women. That hormone-fueled transformation confers certain athletic advantages, and men on average run faster, lift more weight, and throw harder and farther than women. Sporting events are therefore usually split into male and female categories to ensure fair competition. But this division of the sexes, which has existed for as long as women have competed as athletes, forces an important question: Who, at least from an athletic standpoint, is female? Many people believe transgender women such as Harper have athletic advantages over non-transgender women—sometimes called cisgender women—because of their previous exposure to male levels of testosterone.
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NCBI Bookshelf. To understand the context of a person's life course, it is critical to understand the age cohort to which that individual belongs. Youth growing up today will see changes that earlier generations of lesbians and gay men would never have expected in their lifetimes, including politicians, business leaders, and educators who are openly gay; marriage between same-sex couples; and an evolving popular and artistic culture that provides many positive portrayals of lesbian and gay characters in movies and plays, on television, and in literature. Today's youth are able to use the Internet to retrieve online information about LGBT issues, providing social networking opportunities and access to knowledge in a way that was not available to older cohorts. At the same time, young LGBT people searching the Internet and interacting with their peers will be aware of the pervasive negative views of sexual and gender minorities.
How can a family stay together in the face of such significant change? What does a marriage-bound daughter want her transitioned father to wear for the traditional trip down the wedding aisle? Filmmaker Sharon Shattuck answers all these questions in From This Day Forward , a deeply intimate, honest and inspiring feature documentary about her experiences as the daughter of a transitioned father and a mother who remain committed to their marriage.